Wow! I feel like it’s been forever since I last updated everyone on my health and what’s been going on with me. A lot has changed since I last checked in. I have been a very busy woman to say the least! There have been good changes, more tragedy, and some things haven’t changed much at all. So, let’s get caught up.
The last time you heard from me I still wasn’t sure if I would be able to use my compound bow this year. Well, I’m happy to announce that I am able to shoot my bow again! I am not 100% up to where I want to be, but I am practicing and making progress. I will be ready by the time deer season gets here. And, if not, I’ve already told you how I feel; yes, I will go out with a crossbow. I don’t believe it makes a person any less of a hunter. The important part is that we are out hunting!
Obviously this means I am getting my strength back. But, what about the rest of my health issues? Unfortunately the thyroid problems are still having a huge impact on me. In case you don’t remember, I had my thyroid killed off but was unsure if the treatment had taken. Well, good news is that it worked. The bad news is that I now have to take synthetic thyroid medication for the rest of my life. And, I also learned that my adrenal glands don’t work. So, this of course is causing a whole new set of problems. The adrenal glands were supposed to take over for my thyroid, so this means more medications. I’m on steroids for the adrenal gland problem, blood pressure meds to regulate my heart, cholesterol meds, and my thyroid medication. I have never been one to take a lot of meds on a daily basis, so it’s been a struggle to say the least. And, the worst part is the weight gain I have had since having my thyroid killed off. My metabolism has plummeted; my energy levels are lower than ever, and no matter how hard I try, I feel defeated. The excess weight is definitely taking a toll on me, physically and mentally. But, I am determined to overcome this problem too, though this one may be a bit more of a challenge than some of the other hurdles I have had to overcome lately.
Okay, so I mentioned more tragedy. If you remember, I lost my dad this past September to glioblastoma brain cancer. His battle was very short and for that I am thankful. But, it doesn’t make it any easier to watch someone you love dying. My heart broke every single day of that 4 month time period, starting from the day of his diagnosis until his death, and it will never be hole again. Sadly, my husband lost his father in April. It was very sudden and unexpected, and brought more heartbreak to our home. I feel like there have been so many losses over the past couple of years, and I know there are more to come. Unfortunately it is part of life, and those of us left behind always find a way to go on. It is what we have to do.
Alright, that’s enough gloom and doom. Let’s get on to some good news! In my last update, I announced that I had been named Prostaff for Woods & Water Addiction, and this group has definitely been good for me! I couldn’t have found a better team to be on! Since being added to the team, I have gone on to be promoted to Female Prostaff Coordinator and Social Media Coordinator. This is such an amazing group of men and women, and I hope you will follow along with us. We would love the opportunity to share our adventures with you!
How about some more good news? As most of you know, last year I signed up to start selling Deaux Girl products. This is a company that I love and believe in whole heartedly! I discovered the products while doing some research for an article for Doe & Arrow Hunting; little did I know then that someday I would be able to be a part of it all! Yet, here I am now, not only selling it, but I have been promoted to a zone leader! That’s right! Another promotion, and another amazing group that I am so proud to be a part of!
So, while my life has not been easy over the past year and a half, there has still been a lot positivity. And, that’s just the way life goes. There will always be ups and downs, highs and lows, but you just keep going. You make the most out of every day and everything you have! I still have several hurdles to get over, but I won’t let them keep me down. I am determined. And, who knows! There is still a lot of time left in 2017. Maybe this will still be my year after all—I mean deer season is just right around the corner. Oh, and did I mention that I plan to take up coyote hunting? I can’t wait to share my first coyote story with you! So, keep watching. Hopefully 2017 brings me something good!